Saturday, March 17, 2007

March Socks, who gives a damn?


I've been battling with these darned snakey socks - and to cap it all they don't even fit!?*$
They are supposed to fit a 'medium' woman with no actual measurements - well, they're at least an inch too short for me. (I'm a UK size 7, continental size 41). I realised they weren't going to fit when I got into the main part of the foot- and the instructions told me to knit more garter rows after the toe shaping - far too late! Ah well, they'll make a nice pressie for a friend with small feet, and it's been fun deciding who I can bestow them on.


The pattern isn't quite right either - there's a P1 missing here and a K2 missing there which all mounts up to a deal of tinking and frogging. Not to mention the differences between the two socks - what with pooling and striping differently - all good lessons learned. There's been a heap of bodging but I'm on the final run now - just the ankle and cuff to finish... thank goodness!




A finished object from last year: Remember that Alice Starmore jumper I was knitting for DS? I've been trying to pin him down for a photograph since I gave it to him - here it is:

Pattern: 'Baltic' from Alice Starmore's Fisherman's Sweaters

yarn used: Sirdar Denim (which was far more economical and durable than the original Rowan magpie - I have loads left over!)

knitted on 4 1/2mm needles in the round... (no sewing up!)

The bottom keeps curling up despite blocking. DS loves it - it's comfortable and he can bung it in the washing machine and it's still looking good.

11 comments:

The Imperfect Knitter said...

I just love the socks, I have been 'pondering' the magic loop , but I think it is probably a bit too magic for me. The jumper looks great, Ilove Alice Starmore patterns, but just occasionally they need a little 'teaking'(possibly just me though )

Christina said...

I do like your pink socks, really pretty. And DS jumper suits him too. Nice story about the delivery suite too.

Terri said...

It looks fantastic. Well done!

blog-blethers said...

What a great looking jumper! MrB may yet get a knitted sweater;) Was it difficult to do?

TutleyMutley said...

That particular pattern wasn't at all difficult to do, MrsB. It's knit up in aran so it grows fairly quickly - anyone who knits socks will find knitting jumpers in the round a doddle! (she said confidently).

Kath said...

I love the socks and the jumper - isn't it great not to have hems to sew up? How did you find doing 2 socks on 1 long circular? DD has just snapped one of my (thankfully) cheap bamboo dpns so circs my be safer with a toddler. Love the midwifery tales - they bring back memories!

Tutleymutley's DS said...

I dont know mum... getting me involved in knitting blogs! I'll lose credability for this you know!

Riggwelter said...

That's a great Jumper, I love the neckline.
Big J was just over my shoulders saying "he could have posed a bit better...pointing into the distance and all that...nice jumper though".

Piglottie said...

Despite the traumas, the socks are looking good to me. And DS jumper looks great (I have a load of Sirdar Denim in my stash so its great to know that it subs for Magpie - thanks).

TutleyMutley said...

DS is usually to be found on MySpace: I did ask him to pose - but he declined in the nicest possible way. I'm going to post about the mother's day stroll he accompanied me on - there's a nicer pic of him in jumper (with sheep!? - there - that'll have piqued your interest!)
Thanks for all the compliments re socks - actually I think they might just fit - but they're going to be a present anyway, for all the trouble they've caused me.

Rain said...

Ooh nice sweater, it looks great. Aw go on, make him pose. We won't tell his buddies.

Shame about the socks, but as you say, they'll do for someone else.